Saturday, April 13, 2013

Pope Francis prepares sandwich for Swiss Guard outside his bedroom | Pino Corrias

NOTE: I feel I need to make mention that although this story is absolutely wonderful and receiving a lot of attention on my blog, I keep searching to find some official confirmation that this did actually take place and so far have not been able to locate anything online. This recounting has gone viral since what seems to be first appearing online around April 3, but I've yet to track down the original news source.  That doesn't change what a great story it is and it is certainly in line with the actions of our Holy Father, but the former journalist in me felt the need to offer that clarification.  I'll keep looking!  - FT

by Pino Corrias 

The surprising greatness of this new Pope Francis is in the small things. For example, the ability to say, “Brothers and sisters, good evening,” instead of appealing to the centuries, the Scriptures or the universe to present himself to the world. To wear an iron cross of instead of a golden one. To wash the feet of the prisoners. 


Or yet, to care for the Swiss Guard who guards the door of his apartment in Casa Santa Marta every night until dawn.





A few days ago, at dawn, the time the Pope wakes up, he came out to the corridor, and he found in front of his door the sentry, a Swiss Guard standing with his halberd at attention.


He asked him: “And what are you doing here? Have you been up all night?”

"Yes," replied the guard with deference and a bit surprised.

"On your feet?"

"Your Holiness, my duty since I took over from my companion."

"And aren’t you tired?"

"It’s my duty Your Holiness; I should watch for your safety."

Pope Francis looked at him again with kindness, went back to his suite and after a minute he came out carrying a chair: "At least sit down and rest."

The guard rolled his eyes and answered: “Santo Padre, forgive me, but I cannot! The regulations do not allow that."

"The regulations?"

"Orders from my captain, Your Holiness."

The Pope smiled, "Oh, really? Well, I'm the Pope and I order you to sit down."

So, caught between the regulations and the Pope, the Swiss Guard (so much for the halberd) chose the chair.

The Pope returned to his apartment.

After a couple of minutes, the Pope came back to the Swiss Guard, still obediently seated on the chair, carrying “panino con marmellata” (Italian bread with jam) which he had prepared. Before the soldier could say anything, the Holy Father, exhibiting his Argentinean smile, told the Swiss Guard, “With all the hours spent standing on guard you must be a bit hungry.” The Swiss Guard had no time to object because the Pope right away wished him a good bite: "Bon appetit, brother."

May God preserve him for many years.

73 comments:

  1. I think the right man was chosen to lead the Catholic Church. I am Episcopalian, but I think Pope Francis is phenomenal.

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    1. I'm Episcopalian too and I have to admit the bishop of Rome is pretty impressive.

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    2. I AGREE AND PRAISE THE LORD FOR GIVING US ONE MORE SIGN OF HOW MUCH HE LOVES US AND CARES ABOUT US.

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    3. Yes he is... humble should be his second last name!

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    4. Not only I am Catholic, but I am also a friar. What he did was marvellous. However, I will say that if I was the captain, I would have fired the soldier... Unless the Swiss Guard accepts that the orders of the Pope count. I have to precise I used to be in the army.
      Gustave

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    5. I ask Our Supreme Being each and every day to shower every grace possible onto Pope Frances so he can live a long and fruitful life, so He may bring our Catholic faith into the 21st century.

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  2. Very humble gesture coming from the supreme pontiff! God bless the Pope! God bless the Universal Church!

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  3. Christopher SeekerApril 13, 2013 at 8:31 PM

    hahah thats awesome!! It goes to show that His Holiness takes care of those who take care of him. :) Pax et Bonum!

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  4. Beautiful!!

    Just curious, by whom was the story reported?
    Did the Swiss Guard share the story or ??

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  5. I'm an atheist and I would love nothing more than to sit down with your Pope over lunch and have a pleasant conversation about whatever was on his mind.

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    1. And he would welcome the invitation. Who knows how you would come away from that lunch less sceptical I think. He follows the teachings of Jesus which too many have forgotten: love, humility, all being equal.

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    2. ya, I wish u wud get ur wish... I want u to talk to the pope and hopefully experience Christ like presence ... good luck and God bless !

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    3. How wonderful that would be for you to sit with Pope Francis and be ministered to. If I had an audience with the pope I would gladly give it up to you. May God bless you.

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  6. He is doing exactly what Jesus would do. May God bless him and keep him healthy and safe so we have him for many, many years to come. People we could all learn a lot from this holy man.

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  7. E proprio uomo totalmente dedicato a Jesu e lo spirito di San Francesco. Bravo, Papa Francesco! Ti vogiamo bene!

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  8. How, where, and WHEN did you FIND THIS!

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  9. From an Anglo-Catholic brother - You know - I'm really starting to like this Pope Francis - is there a liturgical term for "awesomely humble dude?" In any event, I have a feeling that if we had had this type of a Bishop of Rome throughout history, the Great Schism which separated the flock in 1054 may not have happened. Did I mention tomorrow is Good Shepherd Sunday? Jn 10:13 "there shall be one fold, and one shepherd." Unfortunately, a history of hirelings in many denominations scattered the flock - awaiting the true Good Shepherd who will call the flock back into one fold.

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    1. We do not have to wait for the true good Shepherd... it is inside us all. If WE choose to be one, we can be. Never mind which faith we follow.

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  10. ahhh brings tears to my eyes. God bless Pope Francis

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  11. I'm sure the Swiss Guard remembered to say Grace!

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  12. Its easy to love him, but love our enemies...

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  13. Can I ask where this story comes from? I love it!! God bless our wonderful pope :D

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  14. What a blessing Papa Francisco is to the entire Church and the world. May God keep him in the palm of His hand and may Our Blessed Mother wrap him in her mantle of love.

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  15. I love that he really is the "Servant of the Servants of Christ!"

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  16. God Bless him and us, all.

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  17. only a deep inhale/exhale & smile yet speechless .... i love pope francis ..... you are to turn around your flock globally with your simple yet profound gestures of being human .... to love .......

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  18. when you feed or care for any one of then you did it unto me a true example god has once again show us that the greatest commandment is love one another as i loved you

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  19. Pope Francis is the best ... do doubt :)

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  20. Not sure that this story is true. The reason I doubt its vercaity is that he refers to himself as "Pope", a title he seems to avoid, favouring "Bishop of Rome" instead. Still, it's very much in the character of Francis, so I could well be wrong. He's definitely the right person to lead Catholicism at this time. May the Lord keep him healthy in all respects.

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  21. The always well connected Rocco Palmo sent a tweet with this link and added two words in Italian " e vero " confirming the story. :)

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  22. a chosen one from God......we pray for you....

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  23. Thats our new new Pope,may the Lord continue to bless him in all his kind deeds!

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  24. I agree with many of the comments but 'let us not forget' Our Divine Lord and his Blessed Mother look after us,regardless of who is our pope, if we but open our hearts to receive his blessings and mercy.
    May God bless all of us and especially the American church which is in great need.

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  25. Wow that is great of the Holy Father. May God bless and stenghten him and the Holy Roman Catholic Church

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  26. God Keep You Pope Francis, For Many Years to Come!

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  27. Pope Francis does the thing that JESUS did.I amind and love him.He is an extreamly wonderful pope.






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  28. Veramente Santo padre è molto carino!!!

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  29. PIa de Solenni linked to the story on her blog http://piadesolenni.com/but-im-the-pope-sit-down/ and cited this Italian news source http://www.calciomercato.com/news/francesco-il-papa-tifoso-che-da-una-sedia-alla-guardia-svizzera--426594

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  30. I heard this story too and it was quite a few days ago (if not as far as a couple of weeks). Not sure where it cropped up from as I heard it verbally from a friend so I think this could really be true. This pope is amazing! God bless him.

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  31. May God preserve and care for this humble and genuine Pope, for he can do great things, in the Name of our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ....Amen!

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  32. Hopefully the Pope, having chosen the name of the peacemaker Francis, will eventually disband the Swiss Guard. In this violent world where even the church has opted for war as a political solution, and sacralises violence in having its own army, the Swiss Guard, that would be a real statement to the world about peace.

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  33. At last we have somebody who behaves like Jesus.

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    1. A great leader is endowed with great responsibilty and service. If The Catholic Pope indeed shows this humility and service to his subordinates and continues to do so, then this truly shows his great character. The Catholic church is therefore blessed with a great leader to help it rise above higher. I'm a born again christian.

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  34. As an Old Catholic Bishop, I am not under the Holy Father. I am sure if Pope Francis were the leader in 1870, our churches woud never have separated. May God bless this holy and humble man. Peace & Love,+Bernard Sheffield, OSB, Old Catholic Bishop of Florida, Old Catholic CHurch of the Americas.

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  35. As a cradle Catholic revert (thanks to my formerly Baptist, now Catholic wife [as of the Easter Vigil]), I am moved and heartened by this story. My wife feels he is a wonderful man. For myself, I am reminded of the early years of JPII, when we felt his love and joy. The joy and happiness I felt then I feel again. I also feel new hope for the future, not just of Mother Church, but for our troubled world.

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  36. It truly is a nice story, and it definitely sounds like something Pope Francis would do... but it probably didn't happen. Swiss Guards only stand guard for two hours at a time.

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  37. I am an Independent (not Roman) Catholic bishop and I am happy to claim him as a brother bishop and the visible symbol of Christ's humble service for all Christians. Viva Papa Francisco.

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  38. I'm a British convert & I was lucky enough to see the Pope a few weeks ago at an audience in St Peters Square. I managed to get within a few feet of him & get some good photgraphs. I must admit I was at first a bit sceptical about him. Not now. I think he was the right choice & if what we have seen thus far is anything to go by he will go down in history as being one of the great popes. He is truely a good & humble man & I look forward to many years of him as head of the Catholic Church.

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  39. This man must have actually read the New Testament before being elected Pope!

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    1. I applaud your comment! Yes, the spiritual leaders of today seem not to remember the Scripture they are to follow. Let us hope that Pope Francis continues to teach his leaders and flock about what really matters in this world... it is the little things and not the pomp and glamour and politics behind it all. He has an uphill task but is leading by example. God Be with him.

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  40. Alleluia! Love you Pope francis.

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  41. God bless this leader of our church the Church is for the poor and needy and his holiness is doing the right thing

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  42. Well, I'm a Muslim but that pope was very humble~!

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  43. personally I think a guard sitting down and not hungry will do his job better than standing up the entire night. I know they may be trained well to take the rigors of standing up for prolonged periods but still, a rested guard and well fed guard (but not too full) will do his job way better than one who is on his feet for hours on end.
    God bless the guards and our beloved Pope !

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  44. I am a Muslim, and i feel this is what the Pope should be like. this represents real Christianity. So humble. Lovin' him! I pray to God he stays like this (y) and everyone follows

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  45. So touching, but so simple and human and natural at the same time.
    God bless our Pope Francis.

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  46. Wow, what a way to care for someone who guarded you all night...Papa God bless our Pope Francis all his life...May he be a light that keeps shining to all of us in this time. Amen.

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  47. I'm from Buenos Aires, Argentina, and met him several times. Warm person, always looking for true contact with the street, the common people, the problems. The moment he was chosen, I knew he was going to be like this, the way he has always been all through his life. And this is just the beginning. You all can be sure of one thing, he's being himself, it's not an act, and he won't change. Very proud of my fellow countryman. Go on, Francis, share with the world our passion, our spontaneity, our sincere and unapologetic way to say things as we feel, the burning heart that pumps our blood, the strenght of our loving (and a bit crazy) nature. Football fan, Yerba Mate consumer and Tango lover, our kind of Pope! :D

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  48. i pray and love our papa Francesco may god keep him healthy for
    many years to come . he surely is a thru shepherd for us all.

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  49. Pope Francis is a humble servant of God - I was floored by this story. Let us also continue to pray for Pope Emeritus Benedict and his health.

    By the way, Pope Francis was elected on 13/03/2013 - spot the trinity - 333.

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  50. Yes, Pope Francis would do want Jesus would do. He took the Francis because The patron saint of Italy is St. Francis of Assisi. In his country Buenos Aires, Argentina he help the poor and maybe because of him they might no more poor people ever again.
    - a 11 year old catholic Tennessee girl.

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  51. I love our dear new Pope. I just keep hearing more wonderful things about him. The Holy spirit definitely guided the Cardinals to the right person in the conclave. I pray he will have a long & healthy life.

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